Well I thought I would post my progress. I went through several hair versions before I was satisfied. I know there are more things to do to her, but right now I am tired of working on it. I may pick it up and finish it later.
This one is actually one of my favorites, simply for the fact that how often do you get to paint a cripple for a fantasy game? Usually everyone's just swinging swords, shooting spells and looking badass. It's refreshing to do something more quiet and thoughtful, and it was quite a challenge figuring out how to pose her, but I like how it turned out in the end.
[The name] Findis was made by combining the names of her parents. Little is said of her in The Silmarillion. She did not go into exile, but went with her mother after the slaying of Finwë and they abode among the Vanyar in grief until such time as it seemed good to Manwë to restore Finwë to life [ - if he ever did so..].
-- J. R. R. Tolkien: The Shibboleth of Fëanor; The names of Finwë's descendants (HoME XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth)
Findis was Finwës eldest daughter and second child, the first from his second marriage to Indis of the Vanyar. Of Finwës daughters Findis was the good girl - she was the image of her mother and shared her kind, gentle and patient demeanour. When the other children of Finwë went abroad rebelling and causing trouble, she stayed obediently at home with her mother.. and missed all the fun of course..
I picture Findis as very tall (6'3" / 191 cm) and golden-haired, like her Vanyarin mother and her youngest brother Finarfin. Like the Vanyar (at least the way I see them), she would wear very plain and simple, traditional white dress, a palla-type cloak, no large ornaments or jewellery, and walk barefoot. I wanted her to look very serene and calm.. and as chaste as a nun.
The heraldic design is by me; inspired by Tolkiens heraldry for Finwë and =elegaers great design for Indis. The smaller design below her name is my idea for the emblem of the House of Finwë, based on Tolkiens Finwë design.
This is a WIP character sketch for my Lords of the Ñoldor project. It combines the scanned, not-yet-cleaned-up pencil lineart without shading or highlights, the current idea for the heraldic device(s) and the Tengwar inscription (I haven't decided yet whether I want to use the regular script or the cursive style, so I included both) to be used in the triptych. At some point I might finish it up as an individual character portrait but for now its just a WIP component.
Character drawn on regular copy paper, no references used. The original is quite small; shes about 12 cm tall (thats a bit under 5 for the measurement-impaired). I used a regular HB pencil that I try not to sharpen too much.. gives the line a nice thickness and more lively(=uneven) character. The size also keeps me from adding too many details, which would be lost anyway in the finished piece where the characters are fairly small.
The heraldic designs were drawn in AutoCAD, assembled in Photoshop.
Its still WIP, so comments, ideas, suggestions, etc. are more than welcome!
"She was the only survivor after a battle for her race and very existence- a battered and torn deity. After the epic battle the gods where defeated and she, youngest of her kind, was given the greatest responsibility of her race. She was tasked with the Ember, a vessel which summons the defeated gods. Their essence would collect and meld in its void and be reborn after a eon. After carrying such a burden for so long, she would age and be the very oldest of her race."
------ Adobe CS4 + Wacom Tablet No over-painting or tracing Used myself as reference
A fairly typical paladin type warrior; had a lot of fun studying old knights' armor for this guy and am fairly happy with the design. Working the motif of his sigil in to the armor was an interesting challenge; and also dark skin is a ton of fun to paint.
WORK IN PROGRESS: The Lords of Ñoldor - The House of Finwë - Character Portraits
[or Ñoldorin Character Sketches -Redux-]
This is a by-product of my ambitious Lords of the Ñoldor WIP project.. a revised version of my character portrait compilation to serve as a reference sheet for myself (and hopefully a handy way to check whos who among the Ñoldor for others.. ).
I will keep this in Scraps as a WIP and update it as I complete more characters for the main project. When(/if..) I have completed them all, Ill finalize it and move it to my main gallery.. (and dump the old sketch to scraps).